Today, I will be discussing Things To Know Before You Hire Freelancer On Upwork which is very important before I get started.

From a client who retorted to me, “I’ve worked with 3 freelancers, and I still haven’t gotten what I want. So what do I do?”

There are so many clients out there who are highly dissatisfied with the service rendered to them by freelancers.

If you are one of the clients who have faced such an awful experience and less value for your money, this article is for you.

Sometimes, you may be frustrated by the same job you have given to various freelancers who have failed to deliver the value and standard you desire. 

Too numerous to mention, right? 

I understand your plight!

I tell my clients that I’m often their second or third hire.

When their first few choices are made on price because they’re afraid of wasting budget, they are proven right by their freelancers, and it becomes a challenge to build trust.

Here are 5 ways to tell if your freelancer can do the work:

1. Testimonials:

Do they have a strong track record of happy clients? 

I’m talking 25+ testimonials over several years on a platform you can verify. 

A dent here or there is typical, but if your freelancer can’t develop a solid list of testimonials, you need to keep looking for other qualified freelancers.

2. Portfolio:

Can you swear you’ve seen the work before? 

Yes, your freelancer is probably bending the truth. 

I’ve worked in agencies for 15 years, and even junior post about how they worked on a global ad campaign.

Even if they may have just transferred some files, ask your freelancer what they did specifically on each project. 

3. Achievements:

Is your freelancer successful? 

If your freelancer is struggling, they’ll work with your projects. 

We like working with people who we want to be like, enjoy their work, and have paid their dues with incontrovertible success stories here and there.

If your freelancer can’t make themselves successful, how can you trust they will make you successful? 

That’s a huge red flag there.

4. Process

Does your freelancer have one? 

If your freelancer is vague about how they will get the project completed, there are high chances that they haven’t done it before. 

Avoid this red flag by asking what the steps are to getting your project completed, and your freelancer should answer quickly. 

If not, run.

5. Communication

Is your freelancer available? 

Projects change. 

They get added to, subtracted, edited, and delayed. 

If your freelancer can’t answer you on the same day, you should look elsewhere. 

They’re either too busy for you or don’t care enough.

Top 5 Qualities You Should Look Out For In A Freelancer

As a business owner, it is germane to have it at the back of your mind that your business requires the much-needed effort, constant energy, and continuity to attain your set goals.

Freelancers can always be of tremendous help to your business growth.

They constantly give you the exemplary service that will make you get closer to your set goals and objectives.

You are always at the edge of being successful or otherwise if you overlook the good qualities a freelancer wanting to contribute to your business should possess.

Take a look at the list I have for you that will help you secure the service of a qualified freelancer:

1. Professionalism

As a business owner, it behooves you to find out how professional your freelancer is before you can even allow them to work on your project.

There is nothing terrible if a freelancer is open and friendly while maintaining top professionalism.

It is always good to have a flexible and willing to adapt freelancer you can work with. 

Such freelancers save time when you need to communicate with them in a formal and informal situations.

However, it would help if you never forgot that you are in for a business to get to know the process, product, or service the freelancer is likely to deliver.

The first impression you have about a freelancer matters as it can make or break your business or relationship with the freelancer.

2. Affordability

You will always want to hire a freelancer that you can afford.

This doesn’t mean that you should go for the cheapest freelancer, and by the end of the day, you won’t receive the quality of service you might require for your business to stand out and achieve the set goals and objectives.

A freelancer who is valuable to you should be able to afford the service they render for your business to grow exponentially.

Expect to receive quality work for a reasonable price while you see the freelancer as valuable to your business.

3. Ease

Any service a freelancer offers you is to make your business or brand succeed. 

However, hiring a freelancer to do a task for you shouldn’t be complicated.

Every project you give to a freelancer should make your life easier while you also accord the freelancer the much-needed respect to executing the job without duress.

The freelancer should deliver a quality job for you. 

They are meant to take off the vast burden away from you.

I have witnessed many situations where freelancers have been a burden rather than a blessing to your brand. 

I know you won’t want to experience such.

Also, you should ensure that all questions asked by the freelancer are well answered by you and leave no stone unturned.

4. Reliability

Getting to meet a reliable and trustworthy freelancer can be tasking sometimes.

However, there are tips you should know before you can hire a freelancer that will work in line with your goals.

You can establish a long-term relationship with a reliable freelancer instead of repeatedly hiring when the need arises.

Here are sure tips to get to know a dependable, reliable, and trustworthy freelancer who possesses the spirit to deliver quality for your brand. Check out the following:

  • Meet all deadlines.
  • Accept constructive criticism and feedback.
  • Are honest.
  • They accept their own mistakes and avoid repeating such mistakes.
  • Communicate clearly and regularly.

5. Results

The rationale behind professionalism is to receive a good result for what you paid for.

It is the freelancer’s responsibility to deliver high-quality results, and you should be satisfied with and in line with what you communicated with the freelancer.

There should be value for what you paid for and how it is delivered to you.

For example, every client wants a reliable and result-oriented freelancer that can provide tasks as and when due without hassle.

Find this helpful? Let me know in the comments below!


I specialize in building, managing, maintaining, troubleshooting, and optimizing WordPress Web Design/ or Elementor Pro and WooCommerce powered websites.


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